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New report shows failings in NHS cancer patient care

9th August 2013

A survey by Macmillan Cancer Support has shed light on widespread failings in the standard of care provided to cancer patients in NHS hospitals.

The YouGov survey of 2,217 UK adults living with cancer revealed that 11 percent of people in England admitted to hospital each year for treatment say their doctor or nurse lost their medical file at some point during their stay.

A further ten percent said they were examined in an open ward or with their curtain at least partly open, while one in five patients also say they felt patronised by hospital staff and 15 percent felt humiliated by nurses.

Moreover,14 percent of patients who requested help to go to the bathroom were forced to wait at least 30 minutes for assistance, with one percent being left for at least two hours.

Mike Hobday, director of policy and research at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "Giving patients a positive experience when they're in hospital is as important as good medical care but sadly, there's still a culture in some hospitals where hitting targets is put before the compassionate care of patients."

Last month, the charity issued a report suggesting that the NHS is "woefully unprepared" to deal with the rapidly growing number of cancer survivors in the UK.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801623185-ADNFCR

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